George Frederick Leonard (Les) BARNES

BARNES, George Frederick Leonard

Service Number: 1455
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 10th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Waratah, New South Wales, Australia, 26 November 1895
Home Town: Mayfield, Waratah, New South Wales
Schooling: Mayfield Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Dairyman
Died: Mayfield, New South Wales, Australia, 10 April 1929, aged 33 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Memorials: Mayfield Methodist Church HR, Mayfield Public School Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 1455, 7th Light Horse Regiment, 3 years senior cadets
2 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 1455, 7th Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Euripides embarkation_ship_number: A14 public_note: ''
2 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 1455, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
3 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, 1455, 10th Field Artillery Brigade , 2nd MD

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Served and suffered during The Great War, resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

94 years ago today, on the Thursday afternoon of the 11th April 1929, Driver George Frederick Lennard Barnes, referred to as Les, 10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade (Reg No-1455), dairyman (also worked at the Port Waratah Locomotive Department), from Highlands, Waratah, New South Wales and "Dalkeith", 39 Waratah Street, Mayfield, N.S.W., was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 33. METHODIST 1 (WESLEYAN) E NW. 66.

Born at Waratah, New South Wales on the 26th November 1895 to George Snr and Frances M. M. Barnes; husband of Isabella Barnes nee Clark (married 1925, Waratah, N.S.W., died ?), Les enlisted on the 9th August 1915 with the 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A14 Euripides on the 2nd November 1915.

Admitted to hospital 13.1.1916 (influenza, tonsillitis, mild), 14.11.1917 (inflammation of glands, right groin), 8.12.1917 (scabies), 5.2.1918 (impetigo - a common and contagious skin infection), 9.5.1918 (not stated).

Les is mentioned in a letter home from Private Vincent Clive Crosbie (35th Battalion, Reg No-748, butcher from Woodstock Street, Mayfield, New South Wales, KIA 4th April, 1918, 1st Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, France, age 20).

Les returned home on the 11th June 1919, being discharged on the 3rd August 1919.

Mr. Barnes’s name has been inscribed on the Mayfield Public School Honour Roll and the Mayfield Methodist Church Roll of Honour.

I have placed poppies at this WW1 Digger’s gravesite in remembrance of his service and sacrifice for God, King & Country.

Not officially commemorated.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.